After making contact with the matriarch of the aristocratic de Vedrines family, Tilly convinced three generations that they were the descendants of "Balance of the World" members, and that their lives were in mortal danger. Not only did they buy it, but they also let Tilly fill them with more paranoia than the guy with the bloodshot eyes buying nachos from 7-11 at 2 a.m. In the end, Tilly swindled more than $4.5 million from the de Vedrines.
We're starting to question our belief that all millionaires are geniuses.
Eventually, Tilly convinced the family that they needed to abandon their entire lifestyle and escape to Oxford, where they lived in a modest house and supported themselves by doing menial jobs. That's how skilled Tilly was: He convinced rich people to do manual labor. Finally, though, somebody broke from Tilly's spell and contacted the authorities, who then arrested him for fraud. Or so the masonic child molesters would have us believe.
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